Not since the terrible summer of 1910 has so much of Montana been scorched in a single year.
Rita Dvorak might not know the exact calorie count of the hundreds of meals she makes each day for wildland fire crews, but she's pretty sure they're not lacking in the fuel the firefighters need to keep going.
Update, 11:15 a.m.: Containment of the Allen fire was estimated at 20 percent Tuesday morning, and firefighters report that lines held through the night.
Update, 8:30 p.m. A fire that started Monday morning about 15 miles east of Roundup quickly spread to a square mile and was threatening 25 to 35 houses, but firefighters halted its advance by the afternoon, Musselshell County Commissioner Larry Leske said.
If you've even glanced at one of Montana's myriad wildfires this summer, there's a good chance you've seen them buzzing overhead, dropping thousands of gallons of water and retardant on blazes that have crisped the state's landscapes.
A bolt of lightning thrown from a storm on Aug. 29 sparked tall grass nurtured by one of the wettest springs on record and dried to tinder in the heat of August.
Lightning crackling across August-dry ranchland ignites grass cured to a golden brown.
No county has to go it alone when flames tear through downtown or swallow thousands of acres of countryside whole.
Brent Peters has been hired as the new chief of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.
LAUREL - A little more than two months into his tenure as the first paid, full-time chief in the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department's 100-year history, Derek Yeager is getting settled in and working to adapt the department to the city's growing population.